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03/14/2007

Tim, the road to forgiveness is not paved in gold

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images Picture-11-22So Tim Hardaway apparently wants to meet with a national gay group to start healing the rift he created when he declared last month that he hates gay people. And while we applaud him if he's sincere in his desire, this passage from the Miami Herald makes us take pause:

Of all the fallout, the impact on his business dealings -- including losing a BaldGuyz endorsement -- ''hurt the most,'' Hardaway said. He has retained an ownership stake in a local car wash -- which no longer bears his name on the sign -- and a local chicken wings restaurant, but said ''people are not coming as frequently'' since his radio comments.

Because call us insensitive to Mr. Hardaway's bank account if you wish, but we have a very hard time feeling sympathetic to his endorsement plight at this time. We are more than willing to give him the opportunity to heal the gaping wound that his words created. However, "of all the fallout" that has come his way, that with which he should be most concerned is that impressionable kids who look up to him as a role model might be led to believe that his hateful words are acceptable.

We hope more the anything that he is sincere and that exchanges like this one were just some sort of a bizarre "fluke":

Hardway: ...I don't condone it. And if people have a problem with that, I'm sorry. I'm saying that I can't stand being around that person knowing that they sleep with somebody of the same sex."

Berry: "So if you had a family member who was gay, you're saying that you hate them?"

Hardaway: "Yes. Yes. Yeah. I wouldn't talk to them."

Berry: "Tell me why."

Hardaway: "I just told you. 'Cause I don't condone it."

However, it's gonna take lots of time and mucho effort before he gets our endorsement.

Barry Jackson | Hardaway looking for second chance [Miami Herald]

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